Tribal Justice

Overview

The Center’s Tribal Justice Exchange provides technical assistance to tribal communities seeking to develop or enhance their tribal justice systems. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Tribal Justice Exchange has three major goals:

  1. ensuring that tribal communities have access to training and ongoing technical assistance about problem-solving community-based practices;
  2. encouraging formal collaborations between traditional tribal justice systems and state and local court systems;
  3. identifying and disseminating best practices developed in Indian country that could help strengthen public safety initiatives elsewhere in the United States.

The Tribal Justice Exchange offers a range of services designed to meet these goals. To get help planning, implementing, or evaluating your program, click here. Click here to see upcoming grant opportunities and here to see upcoming conferences.

Recent Developments

Can Peacemaking Work Outside of Tribal Communities?
A group of practitioners and policymakers from both tribal and state courts participated in a daylong discussion in December 2011 about Indian peacemaking with an eye toward documenting introducing peacemaking in non-Indian settings. The roundtable was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation. Click here to read more about the discussion.

 

Tribal Justice Exchange Staff

Aaron Arnold, Director
(315) 266-4331

Brett Taylor, Deputy Director
(646) 386-4463

Kathryn Ford, Senior Associate
(646) 386-4181

Erika Sasson, Peacemaking Program Director
(646) 386-5922

Sarah Reckess, Deputy Director
(315) 266-4332

Kate Halleron, Office Administrator
(315) 266-4330

Conferences and Training Events

For information about upcoming tribal justice conferences and training events, click here.

Publications

Responses to Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities: A Regional Survey of Northern California

Responses to Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities: A Regional Survey of Northern California

By Bryn Herrschaft and Stephanie Dolan

This report details the results of a regional survey of Northern California tribal communities focused on domestic violence. The goal was to assess the prevalence of domestic violence victimization, as well as perceptions regarding community and justice system responses to these incidents.

Publications

Peacemaking Today: Highlights of a Roundtable Discussion Among Tribal and State Practitioners

Peacemaking Today: Highlights of a Roundtable Discussion Among Tribal and State Practitioners

By Robert V. Wolf

This report summarizes the discussion at a roundtable on peacemaking hosted by the Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, as part of a planning process to create a pilot peacemaking program in the New York State court system.

Interviews

Harry B. Wallace, Chief, Unkechaug Tribe, Suffolk County, New York

Harry B. Wallace, Chief, Unkechaug Tribe, Suffolk County, New York

Harry B. Wallace has served as Chief of the Unkechaug Indian Nation since 1994. He is a licensed attorney in New York State. The Unkechaug people reside on the Poospatuck Reservation on Long Island, New York.

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Demonstration Projects
Most Popular Research

Audio

Tribal Courts and Families: Native American Sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Tribal Courts and Families: Native American Sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Theresa Pouley of the Tulalip Tribal Court, Michael Petoskey of the Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians, and William A. Thorne Jr., a Pomo/Coast Miwok Indian appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals, discuss the  advantages of transferring child welfare cases from state to tribal jurisdiction. This is one of three podcasts produced in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Publications

Journal of Court Innovation

Journal of Court Innovation

A special issue devoted to tribal justice. The articles and interviews examine some of the pressing challenges facing tribal courts as well as the changing relationships of federal, state, and tribal justice systems.

Publications

State and Tribal Court: Strategies for Bridging the Divide

State and Tribal Court: Strategies for Bridging the Divide

By Aaron Arnold, Sarah Cumbie Reckess and Robert V. Wolf

This monograph describes the current landscape of collaboration between state and tribal justice systems, detailing the history, barriers to effective cooperation, and promising recent developments in the field.

Contact
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